Peer Pressure. We have all at one stage in our lives, experienced it. We all know what it feels like to be pressured by a peer. Peer pressure today impacts on kids of my generation in a huge aspect. Teenagers feel social pressure in numerous ways such as clothing, music and entertainment choices, to unsafe areas such as drugs, alcohol and smoking. During adolescence, kids emphasize their independence and explore their identity. Yet they still crave the approval of their peers and worry about being rejected and excluded. Peer pressure affects the way teenagers choose to live their lives. It affects the way they dress, talk and act. Due to their decisions based upon peer pressure, the teenagers’ outcome can have either a positive or negative effect depending on the person’s social group. However, in my opinion, I believe that peer pressure generally has a more negative effect on teenagers.
The main increasing problems among teenagers in high schools are drugs, smoking and alcohol. We are greatly influenced by the people around us all the time and in many different ways. In today’s society, drugs, alcohol and smoking among teenagers are very common and this is usually due to peer pressure. If the people in your social group use drugs, drink alcohol and/or smoke there will be a direct or indirect pressure from them all the time. A person might try these things just to ‘fit in’ even if a person has no intention of wanting to do these things. One of the reasons for why they might do it is because they just want to be considered ‘cool’ by his/her friends. However, drugs, alcohol and smoking are all considered to be acceptable by many teenagers nowadays.
In today’s society kids seem to have a lot more to stress about then they should. During these teenage years, adolescents are faced with the difficult tasks of discovering